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A Day Cycling to Visit an Ancient Village in the Capital

With the hobby of cycling and a new route to Dong Ngac, one of the oldest villages in Hanoi, you will have new and interesting experiences.

Recently, cycling around the city has become a relaxing hobby for the people of Hanoi. However, if you are familiar with the city routes such as Hoan Kiem Lake and West Lake, change your direction and cycle about 10 km to the west to reach the ancient village of Dong Ngac (also known as Ke Ve village) in Dong Ngac commune, Bac Tu Liem district.


Leaving behind the bustling and noisy atmosphere of downtown Hanoi, this place not only attracts visitors with its reputation as a village of scholars but also because it still retains quite intact its space, architectural features, valuable cultural heritage, and historical relics from hundreds of years ago.


Stepping through the moss-covered village gate and onto the slanted brick path, you will enter a completely different space, peaceful and ancient. Over the years, this tradition resulted in all the village roads being paved with slanted bricks. However, if you are not accustomed to riding an old-fashioned bicycle, you must be careful with the sections of the village roads that have deteriorated over time.


The village communal house, family temples, and the ancient roofs of Dong Ngac pagodas are the places that visitors frequent the most. The village communal house was built in 1653, featuring ancient trees that are 500-700 years old. This site also preserves 45 royal decrees from the former feudal dynasties.

Cycling around the village, going deep into the alleys through arched gates along winding roads, you can stop at houses several hundred years old, all made of ironwood and tiled with yin-yang roofs. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that these East-West architectural style houses were built around 1739-1740.

You’ll easily come across the image of tiled roofs weathered by time quietly nestled among cool green trees. On your exploration journey, you can also easily stop at any local house to rest and chat.

Here, there are services available for community cycling tourism. During midday, you can rest at service households for a nap and enjoy local delicacies like sausage, fermented pork rolls, and banana blossom salad.


Additionally, you can combine your visit with exploring major historical sites along the Red River dyke, such as Chem communal house, Nhat Tan communal house, Tay Ho palace, and villages like Nhat Tao and Lien Ngac.

Here’s a reference itinerary:

  • 8:00 AM: Depart from central Hanoi for Đông Ngạc cultural village, approximately 15 km away.
  • 8:30 AM: Arrive and begin your exploration. If bicycles are not available, consider using a motorbike, car, or renting bicycles from local service providers.
  • 9:00 AM: Visit Đông Ngạc communal house and explore ancient houses and family temples of major clans like Đỗ, Phan, Phạm, Nguyễn.
  • 11:00 AM: Find a local household offering tourism services for lunch and relaxation.
  • 1:30 PM: Continue your journey to explore more ancient houses, engage with local residents to learn about their daily lives, and visit craft villages producing traditional items like nem (fermented pork roll), pottery, and carrying poles.
  • 3:30 PM: Cycle to nearby landmarks such as Liên Mạc village, Chèm communal house, Tây Hồ palace, Nhật Tảo village, and Liên Ngạc village.
  • 5:00 PM: Return to Hanoi, concluding your trip.

Are you interested in renting a bicycle?

If you want to rent a bicycle, come to us at 128 Yen Hoa St, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi. With the suggestions provided here for a tour of Hanoi, Hanoi Bike Tour hopes to offer you more options for your day trip in HanoiContact us at (+84) 918889981 or email us at for the best-priced tours in Hanoi.

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